New role for home carer Maria

We are always pleased to see our staff progressing in their roles and making the most of the career development and progression opportunities (CPD) that we offer at Continued Care.

So we are delighted that one of our team members has taken up a new office-based role after working as a home carer with us for more than a decade.

Maria Gibson loves working in social care and has found being a carer extremely rewarding and enjoyable. During the 13 years she has been with us, Maria has built up a fantastic relationship with clients and colleagues, and it was therefore no surprise when she was voted Carer of the Year in 2020.

But when she was diagnosed two years ago with arthritis in her hands and feet, Maria knew she wouldn’t be able to continue as a home carer forever.

She said: “The role is quite physically demanding and I’m on my feet for most of my shifts. My feet and my hands would swell up and I thought, I can’t do this any more. But I’m 52 years old and have been a carer for over 20 years so I wasn’t really sure what else I could do. And I really didn’t want to leave the company as I enjoy it here and know everyone really well.”

So when a rota-co-ordinator vacancy became available at the Continued Care head office in Harrogate, Maria applied for the job. To her delight, she was successful and is now relishing the opportunity to learn new skills and experience a different side to home care. But she admits she’s been quite surprised at what the role entails.

“There’s more to the job than I initially thought; it’s not just about doing a rota!” she said.

“It’s very different to what I’m used to as a carer but it’s nice to do something different and learn new skills. Even though I’m the ‘new girl’ in the office, I’m not the ‘new girl’ in the company! I really like working for Continued Care and Sam and the managers are all there for you if you need them, so I’m really pleased with how it’s all turned out.”

Maria said her experience as a carer and as a long-standing employee of the company is proving helpful in her new role.

She said: “I know all the people, I know what rotas people do, I know how things work in practice and how long things take, which is really useful.

“On the other hand, I’m not really into computers so have had to start at the beginning with that. I’ve done some training days and I’m just learning everything. I’ve only been in the office a short time but I’m absolutely loving it!”

She added: “I’m so glad I’ve been given the chance to do it.”

Samantha Harrison, director of Continued Care, said: “It’s fantastic to see Maria make the transition from home carer to one of our office team, and we are delighted that we’ve been able to give her the opportunity to stay with us. She’s a valued and popular member of our team and I’m sure she’ll be as successful in her role as rota co-ordinator as she has been as a carer.”

Here at Continued Care, we are committed to giving all our staff the opportunity to develop their careers in social care. From our thorough induction process for new starters through to the extensive training we offer our carers and managers, we ensure that every team member has the opportunity to expand their skills and knowledge for a rewarding and fulfilling career.

We exceed the National Minimum Standards for staff with NVQ Level 2 in care, and can provide support to attain QCF up to level 5 in care and leadership/management.

We are recognised as one of the best home care employers in the Harrogate area, and we also hold the prestigious Investors in People Gold (IiP Gold) standard.

If you are interested in a career in social care, please get in touch to see what opportunities we have available at Continued Care – email rachel.sampson@continued-care.co.uk

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